The keynote speaker, Congressman Pete Sessions, addresses the audience about the importance of scouting and community service.
The keynote speaker, Congressman Pete Sessions, addresses the audience about the importance of scouting and community service.
Ismaili scouts earn prestigious Eagle Scout award for outstanding community service
Ismaili scouts earn prestigious Eagle Scout award for outstanding community service
8 June 2010

In December, ten Ismaili Muslim Boy Scouts in Texas earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award for performing outstanding community service that demonstrated initiative, commitment to help those in need, and extraordinary leadership skills. This prestigious rank is achieved by only five per cent of all Boy Scouts in the United States.

Youth volunteers take a moment to join in the fun and have their faces painted.
Youth volunteers take a moment to join in the fun and have their faces painted.
Canadian Jamat rejoices around the Foundation Ceremony in Toronto; reflects on impact of new institutions
Canadian Jamat rejoices around the Foundation Ceremony in Toronto; reflects on impact of new institutions
3 June 2010

After years of anticipation, the Jamat across Canada came together to celebrate the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park in Toronto. They eagerly shared their thoughts and feelings about how the new developments will impact their identity as Ismaili Muslims in Canada.

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince's downtown area demonstrates the extent of damage inflicted by the powerful earthquake that hit the Haitian capital on 12 January.
An aerial view of Port-au-Prince's downtown area demonstrates the extent of damage inflicted by the powerful earthquake that hit the Haitian capital on 12 January.
Ismailis join in the global response to earthquake-devastated Haiti
Ismailis join in the global response to earthquake-devastated Haiti
5 May 2010

In January, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shattered the Republic of Haiti. Horrified by the disaster, countries, civil society organisations and individual donors responded with desperately needed help. Among them were many Ismailis who used their resources and skills to find creative ways to provide timely assistance to Haitians.

Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Volunteers at the Camley Street Nature Park busied themselves digging, raking, levelling and pulling out unwanted roots.
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
Getting involved and making a positive difference in the lives of others
31 March 2010

As a Muslim community, giving of our time and helping others is integral to our way of life. From a young age, Ismailis are surrounded by examples of volunteers in action. In the UK, the Youth, Cultural and Social Network has launched an initiative that provides opportunities for the Jamat to give back to the society in which they live.

Munir Samji speaks with to two Siddhi farmers. With advice and assistance from AKRSP, many of the farmers have improved in their income from the land — in some cases doubling it.
Munir Samji speaks with to two Siddhi farmers. With advice and assistance from AKRSP, many of the farmers have improved in their income from the land — in some cases doubling it.
Four Partnership Walk & Run enthusiasts share their experience of meeting beneficiaries firsthand
Four Partnership Walk & Run enthusiasts share their experience of meeting beneficiaries firsthand
23 March 2010

Last November, four dedicated participants from the Partnership Walk & Run in the United Kingdom had a chance to see the impact of their efforts firsthand. They spent seven days in India, where they visited one of the projects selected to receive funds from the event. They recently shared their impressions with TheIsmaili.org.

Rozina Issani and her guide Kate cross the finish line at the third annual Joe’s Team Triathlon in Muskoka, Ontario.
Rozina Issani and her guide Kate cross the finish line at the third annual Joe’s Team Triathlon in Muskoka, Ontario.
Trial without sight: How one woman’s triumph against the odds allowed her to give back to society
Trial without sight: How one woman’s triumph against the odds allowed her to give back to society
17 February 2010

Imagine swimming 750 metres, then biking 20 kilometres, and finally running 5 kilometres in a span of a few hours. Sounds like an intense physical challenge? How about taking this on without your sense of sight? Rozina Issani shares her inspiring personal story.

22 August 2009

In Tajikistan, the celebration of Imamat Day — or Roz-e Takht Nishini in Tajik — traditionally includes family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. In July 2009 the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed Imamat Day reception.

Fifteen trainers from Egypt and Syria learnt how to conduct high impact training in Damascus.
Fifteen trainers from Egypt and Syria learnt how to conduct high impact training in Damascus.
My year of living livelihoods
My year of living livelihoods
20 August 2009

During the course of the Golden Jubilee, many murids around the world pledged a nazrana of Time and Knowledge to Mawlana Hazar Imam. Shaheen Tejani reflects on the completion of her recent TKN engagement with the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance.

Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community was honoured to win the 2006 Best Overall and Most Creative prize for their float, which partnered with the Calgary Meals on Wheels agency.
Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community was honoured to win the 2006 Best Overall and Most Creative prize for their float, which partnered with the Calgary Meals on Wheels agency.
Spirit of the West is alive and thriving in the Alberta Jamat
Spirit of the West is alive and thriving in the Alberta Jamat
9 June 2009

Anyone who has visited the Canadian province of Alberta will have been touched by the Spirit of the West. In the best tradition of that spirit, the Jamat in Alberta has worked to make the province and the country a better place for all.

Benefits of local coffee house ripple through Old Town Mombasa
Benefits of local coffee house ripple through Old Town Mombasa
20 May 2009

Nestled among the narrow streets of Old Town Mombasa is a little gem of a place that radiates the hopefulness of a new generation. Founded by three Aga Khan Academy teachers, the Jahazi Coffee House is making an effort to improve life in the surrounding community.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.
Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC.
Being human together
Being human together
22 April 2009

Reflecting on Mawlana Hazar Imam's speech at the 2009 Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Asif Penwala explores the connection between philanthropy, the ethic of compassion and voluntary service. He observes how this relationship comes together within the Jamat, as well as the wider sphere of the Ismaili Imamat. 

Participants braved the heat and the open road to keep cycling the 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa.
Participants braved the heat and the open road to keep cycling the 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa.
Cycling the open road: FOCUS Bike4Life 2008
Cycling the open road: FOCUS Bike4Life 2008
15 March 2009

Sixty-nine people participated in the 2008 FOCUS Challenge event, cycling some 550 kilometres from Mumbai to Goa along the Konkan Coast. This photo essay documents their journey.